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Global Majority Midwifery Leadership Programme (SE England)


The Florence Nightingale Foundation along with NHS England (South East) are pleased to offer a leadership programme to midwives from ethnic minority backgrounds who have experienced barriers to career progression or who have an ambition to progress and are looking to develop their leadership presence and impact.

This exciting opportunity (6 days, undertaken over 6 months) will enable you to explore and enhance your sphere of influence with authority for the benefit of your service and workforce.

The programme offers a supportive learning space to develop leadership identity, capacity, and capability to influence organisational and patient outcomes.

This programme will pay explicit attention to the institutional barriers to career progression for midwives from global majority backgrounds. Learning will be tailored to tackling cultural differences in communication style and presentation of self which have resulted in misunderstanding or disregarding of experience/ expertise.

To participate in the programme you must: 

  • be a registered midwife with the NMC (any Band)

  • come from a Global Majority background

  • be practising in South East England


Programme Dates and Structure

27 February 2023

Closing date for applications

21 March 2023

Welcome Day (Personality Preferences and Performance in Teams)


Quality Improvement session


All day (exact times tbc)

27 March 2023


Face to Face

9am – 5pm GMT

May 2023 - TBC

Stepping into your authority


7 July 2023

Quality Improvement Submission 

Deadline 12noon


Celebration Event

Face to face

Day 1

Personality Preferences and Performance in Teams (Virtual)  

Utilising Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) we will explore how personality preference influence personal leadership styles and how awareness can enable the promotion of high performing teams.

Day 2

Principles and Practice of Quality Improvement (Virtual)

An introduction to QI including approaches to leading change management and measuring impact. Each participant will complete a project linked to the NHS International Recruitment agenda to support sustainability of the INMA work.

Day 3

Presentation of Self: Presence & Impact (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts RADA – Face to Face)

Practical approaches to developing confidence and clarity in the delivery of key messages for a range of audiences including the media and senior stakeholders.

** Travel and accommodation are not funded.

Day 4 and Day 5

Stepping into your Authority (Virtual)

Development of leadership attributes which enable influence from ward to board. Specific consideration will be given to exploring the INA leader’s sphere of authority in relation to systems leadership and leading upwards.

Day 6

Celebration Event (Face to face)

An opportunity to network showcase and celebrate the impact of INMA leaders to raise the profile of this significant career pathway.

** Travel and accommodation are not funded.

Additional information

Each participant on the programme will be expected to undertake an improvement project which will enable them to apply their learning to practice.

The top elevator pitches will be selected to present at the Celebration Event.

All participants will join the FNF alumni community and receive on going networking and leadership development opportunities through events, webinars, media engagement and policy thought leadership.


Be part of a 'Life-Changing' experience

Participants report the ‘life changing’ leadership experience and its professional and personal impact. Participants report feeling more confident to speak out and influence improvements in patient care and health outcomes.

Eligibility Criteria

To participate in the programme you must: 

  • be a registered midwife with the NMC (any Band)

  • come from a Global Majority background

  • be practising in South East England

Application Process

The application, shortlisting and selection processes will be administered nationally by the Florence Nightingale Foundation.

What you will need to demonstrate in your application form:

  • How you will use the programme to work with others, learn from, and share experiences.
  • How the programme will support your personal development plan (PDP).
  • How you will use the experience to improve patient and health outcomes.
  • Your aspirations to develop as a leader.
  • Support from your line manager to enable you to attend all learning sessions/opportunities as part of this programme.

Upon application, you are required to upload the following information:

  • Personal, employment and education information.
  • A copy of your professional registration documentation (NMC Registration).
  • An electronic photo of yourself (head and shoulders in high resolution).
  • A completed nominator referral form (completed by your line manager) with authorisation to join the programme.
  • Completed terms and conditions.

Please note before application:

  • Applications that do not demonstrate commitment to the profession, improving patient and health outcomes, commitment to the Florence Nightingale Foundation Alumni will not be considered
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted
  • Applications without line manager support will not be accepted
  • Download Senior Sponsor Form
  • Programme places are fully funded however any associated travel or accommodation must be covered by your employing organisation. Signing of the senior sponsor form is acknowledgement of this statement.

If you have any questions about applying for this programme, please email [email protected]

Programme Details